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British Open will be fine without Tiger Woods: A fan’s opinion
On Tuesday, July 5, Tiger Woods announced that he will skip this year's British Open.
The leg injury that sidelined him for the U.S. Open will also cost him a chance at the British Open. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday, July 14 at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England.
Although this isn't good news for the golf world, the tournament will still be a must-see event. Now that we have Rory McIlroy coming home and coming off a huge win at the U.S. Open, we have our main story. Having Tiger back at less than 100 percent really wouldn't have helped the game. Instead, all it would have fueled is the talk that Tiger's chance at Jack Nicklaus' majors record is almost nil.
Tiger will have one more shot to be in a 2011 major in August when the PGA Championship takes place from the 11th to the 14th. If he isn't in top form then, he should just shut it down for the rest of the year and focus on 2012.
Until Tiger returns and we see if he can get his swing together, we really have no idea whether he will be able to make a run at Jack or not.
Until then, golf has many good stories to follow. Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are Brits that have a great shot of winning the Open along with McIlory. Will Rickie Fowler continue his disappointing 2011? How many players will be brought to there knees by the tricky bounces at Royal St. George's?
Is the sport better with Tiger Woods? Yes. I am not one of those that wishes Woods ill will just because he screwed up his personal life. I would like him to come back and return to his former championship form and see if these young guns have anything for him. Does the sport need Tiger to survive? No. There is enough talent out there that the game can withstand his absence, be it for one more major or several more.
I have been a golf fan for over 30 years and have played for over 20. The golf on TV has improved. My golf game unfortunately has not.
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